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David Saraceno
02-11-2009, 08:54 AM
I wish there were firewire card readers, but has anyone got a SDHC reader that transfers reasonably faster than others for USB2?

ronedee
02-14-2009, 02:12 PM
Are you transcoding from the card? Supposedly Any card reader that is multi function reading is slower.

Nick Sammons
02-18-2009, 08:09 AM
I have wondered this as well. It takes a good hour for me to just transfer my files from a 16GB card. I also use Class 4, and understand Class 6 is faster for transfering to hard drives -- anyone know how much faster quantitatively?

Anyone transfering multiple cards at once?

JonathanS
02-18-2009, 10:03 AM
Tom's Hardware have a test of 13 SDHC memory cards (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/sdhc-memory-card,review-31516.html), which suggests that while class 4 cards top out around 15Mb/sec, Class 6 cards are limited by the card readers to around 20Mb/sec (they should be a hair higher).

Worth reading.

Strobe Media
02-18-2009, 10:39 AM
does it really take this long for you guys? I have an SD card reader built into my computer and it takes honestly 10 seconds to transfer a full 8gb card. I did get an SDHC card reader with a transcend 16gb card i bought on ebay, i'll test it out tonight and tell you guys how fast it is.

Everts
02-18-2009, 10:46 AM
Mine is slow using a class 6 card from trenscend it costs me almost an hour and Im using the avccamviewer to copy to the harddrive

DaFireMedic
02-18-2009, 08:03 PM
If your card readers are that slow (mine certainly is), hook the HMC directly to the computer via USB and transfer them that way, at least until you can get a high speed card reader. A real high speed card reader will still probably be faster, but I've found the transfer speed from the camera to be much faster than the reader I currently have.

caiofilm
02-18-2009, 11:19 PM
I'm using a Delkin reader that I purchased from B&H Photo for $11. Make sure that the card reader actually reads SDHC cards and not just SD cards. When shopping around I noticed that most card readers out there do not support SDHC. That's probably why it's so slow. Mine copies over reasonably fast.

David Saraceno
02-19-2009, 09:29 AM
My understanding is that if the card reader doesn't support SDHC, the card won't even mount.

Dafilman21
02-19-2009, 09:42 AM
Sometimes it will and sometimes it won't, but if does work it is very slow. You have to use a reader that says SDHC there was a link on here with a fast reader that was supposed to be pretty good.

nantnee
04-04-2009, 03:18 PM
i have a sandisk usb reader, 30mbps. But i'm unable to import the files into FC. What do i do?

David Saraceno
04-05-2009, 09:43 AM
It would be helpful to detail what you have done with what versions of FCP on what machine.

Then we can help.

For example, you say import. It's log and transfer.

But help us out with some specifics.

xmephestox
04-05-2009, 10:21 AM
i think it's mainly the limitation of how fast the SDHC card can read and write in general on why they don't make one. i honestly don't think it would take advantage of how fast firewire is. i know LEXAR makes a firewire 800 CF reader. I hear it's blazing fast, and they certaintly read and write a lot faster than an SD card.

Ed Kishel
04-06-2009, 03:20 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223106

I hook this one up to my WD TV and can play the footage back to my HDTV straight from the SD card (in real-time without choking).

Allen Ellis
04-06-2009, 06:22 PM
You hook it to your TV? Does your TV have a USB port?

Flintstone
04-06-2009, 08:54 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223106

74 in 1 ... what the... ?!?! I guess they figure that every card manufacturer counts as a a distinct device!

David Saraceno
04-07-2009, 09:51 AM
You hook it to your TV? Does your TV have a USB port?

The WD has a HDMI port out and two USB inputs.

Ed Kishel
04-07-2009, 01:43 PM
this way:

SDHC -----> CARD READER -----> http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=572&language=en ---->HDTV

I hardly ever watch vimeo through the website- I just download the source files to thumbdrives and watch them in my home theater

Flintstone
04-08-2009, 04:42 AM
Yeah! I assume that it will read standard consumer 13Mbps, but will it read 21Mbps AVCHD?

Allen Ellis
04-08-2009, 12:23 PM
That is so awesome. I'm going to pick one of those up at Best Buy today, since unfortunately my PC won't playback native 720p without skipping!

This will be a great bridge for me until I can afford a desktop upgrade in a few months.

Ed Kishel
04-08-2009, 12:34 PM
Yeah! I assume that it will read standard consumer 13Mbps, but will it read 21Mbps AVCHD?

I shoot everything 1080 24p PH mode on a 16GB class 6, and the card reader/WDTV has never skipped once.

This way I never have to hook up my 150 to the TV.


That is so awesome. I'm going to pick one of those up at Best Buy today, since unfortunately my PC won't playback native 720p without skipping!

This will be a great bridge for me until I can afford a desktop upgrade in a few months.

You will love it- since the firmware update, I can't think of one con against it. My PC can handle playing AVCHD in RT, but I still prefer to watch it through the WD.

BrianMurphy
04-11-2009, 08:34 PM
Well Ed,
You are right! I just got back from a shoot and had my partner pick up a WDTV for me and it is the best way to screen footage.

matt s.
04-12-2009, 09:02 AM
sweet. I'm gonna pick up one of thes WDTV as well. Glad to hear it works well.